Praise and Prayer points from January 2022 Newsletter

Submitted by Daphne Bate for Michele Black on 18 January, 2022

Prayer Points

  • Pre K will continue to grow in numbers.
  • Pre K will continue to thrive under the phenomenal educators they currently have.
  • That the old lady at Pre K - will not grow weary, but can continue to serve the young teachers with enthusiasm and experience.
  • Our 102 Adoption Visa will arrive in Perth WA - God Speed (Currently being DHL’d from Sydney to Perth)
  • That it will fall into the right hands and all our t’s have been crossed and i’s dotted and it will be a clear approval.
  • The final document from Rwanda will eventually come through and we can avoid going to court in Australia.
  • When it is the right time, Flora’s medical will go well without a hitch and her fear of needles will subside for the joy of entering Australia.
  • For Flora’s little heart to process that ‘one day’ we will go to Australia and won’t come back for a long time. She is currently watching some close friends leave and has questions nearly every day, especially about leaving our beloved guard Theogene - well Mum after two weeks in Australia I will come back and visit Theogene because he will be missing me.
  • That her Mumma can be the best Mumma she can be living in this state of are we going, are we staying, are we selling, are we moving nonsense.

Praise Points

  • Phenomenal Pre K staff to mentor and guide.
  • Increased enrolment of Pre K kiddo’s. (Today we had a little girl start and her Mum is from Sydney, Australia - so good to hear an Australian accent at the school gate!)
  • Against all odds we have come so much further than we ever thought we could come.
  • Flora is the first Intercountry adoption for NSW from Rwanda - Rwanda is NOT on the ‘usual’ list you are allowed to adopt from - we were approved - praise Jesus!
  • For some funky reason our plan A had to change and our plan B to get documents to
  • Sydney worked - Omicron tried to get us down, but God has His finger on our documents and they are now well travelled papers.
  • Our lawyers are confident in all our documents and are saying we should be approved, they are just not sure of the timeline.
  • So far we have managed to pay all the extra costs of lawyers and Visa fees.

Hay family News from iKhethelo Children's Village, South Africa December 2021 - Janenne and Rachel have COVID

Submitted by Daphne Bate for the Hay family on 2 January, 2022

Please pray for Janenne and Rachel as they deal with COVID and are in isolation, that the infection does not spread and the work of the village can be covered while the family are off-line.

David and the family have included these requests in their newsletter received today (2 January 2022)

Praise God:

• that there have been no further COVID cases amongst the children

• that visas were granted for the family from the UK

• for Eddy coming to help when most needed

• that there has been some improvement in Andrew’s health

Please pray:

• for continued protection over the village from coronavirus

• for the approval of our visas

• for the appeal process and approval of Sara's visa

• for complete healing for Andrew

Michele Black - December 2021 prayer requests

Submitted by Daphne Bate for Michele Black on 2 December, 2021

Michele included these prayer requests in her December 2021 Newsletter

We would love you to pray for:-

• Our Visitor Visa to be approved as well as a travel exemption.

• That Rwanda will not become a banned country for Australia’s borders.

• One day with a Visa Flora will step onto Australian soil and be reunited with her Grandparents.

• For Flora’s sweet little heart - as she processes the ups and downs of this roller coaster ride.

• For wisdom for me to know what to tell her and what to shield her from, to know when to sell up our life and when to wait.

• For me to keep my head in the game - especially at work when there is so much going on outside of work through papers and documents.

• More paperwork from Rwanda to be complete.

We give thanks for:-

• Flora’s beautiful school teacher who supports her through her toughest of days in living out all this uncertainty.

• Flora’s little group of friends we have been making some precious memories with together.

• My Boss and Director of the School are sooooo understanding and accommodating through all my ‘ we are leaving - oh no we are staying’ moments and are here to support both Flora and I.

• A network of friends and faithful supporters both here, in Australia, as well as other places around the globe.

• Good relations with my Rwandan lawyer, my immigration lawyer in Sydney, as well as the Department of Community and Justice in Sydney.

• Patience and Perspective.

3 requests linked to returning to Australia on Home Assignment

Submitted by Daphne Bate for the Hay Family on 1 December, 2021

Hay family requests

The following message was sent to the church when we checked in with the family earlier this week in response to the outbreak of the Omicron strain:


....these last few months have been especially difficult. As we reported in our last newsletter, we were looking forward to being joined by more people coming to volunteer.

Unfortunately, Sara from Ecuador had her visa denied and is now going through the appeal process. That can take a year or more, so we are not sure if or when she will be able to come.

Then we had the good news that the family from the UK had their visas approved a few weeks earlier than expected and had booked flights to be here on Friday this week. Then on Saturday their flights were cancelled because of Omicron. So now we not know when they will be able to get here.

And one of the two German volunteers coming at the beginning of February is no longer coming.

Today (30 November 2021) is the day our visas expire and we still do not have word on our renewal other than that they are “being processed”.

We are still hoping that we can start our Home Assignment by the end of February.

So three very specific things for prayer:

  1. The temporary travel restrictions are lifted soon and the family from the UK can arrive soon.
  2. Our visas are granted soon, and definitely by mid-January.
  3. The availability and cost of flights allows us to leave by mid to late February.

Prayer through the Ages - Prayer Of St Francis of Assisi

Submitted by Ian Reid on 8 November, 2021

Francis of Assisi born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, his father loved French culture and so nicknamed him Francis—literally, Frenchy.

While praying toward a painted crucifix, the young man heard the voice of God:

“Francis, go and repair My house, which, as you see, is completely destroyed.”

In addition to becoming the inventor of the Nativity scene, Francis founded three religious orders and is the patron saint of ecology.

Francis was a reluctant leader, if there ever was one. In fact, he wasn’t much of a leader at all.

When one of his first companions, Masseo, heard that Francis was becoming world famous, he asked Francis, “Why you? Why is all the world following after you?”

His famous prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

Praise the Giver a prayer composed by John Baillie

Submitted by Ian on 13 October, 2021

“O God my Creator and Redeemer,

I may not go forth today except You accompany me with Your blessing.

Let not the vigour and freshness of the morning, or the glow of good health, or the present prosperity of my undertakings, deceive me into a false reliance upon my own strength.

All these good gifts have come to me from You.

They were Yours to give and they are Yours also to curtail.

They are not mine to keep;

I do but hold them in trust; and only in continued dependence upon You, the Giver, can they be worthily enjoyed.

[ A prayer composed by John Baillie]

Prayer For Comfort

Submitted by Ian Reid on 11 October, 2021

John 16:22. "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."

Calling on all to prayerfully a support a family suffering loss after the unexpected death of a young woman 23 years old on this past weekend.

This family have been part of our extended support the Community of Givers program in recent months and I would value your prayerful support as I minister and walk through this very sad and painful time.

Thank you

Blessings, Ian

Requests from Hay family September 2021 Newsletter

Submitted by Daphne Bate for the Hay Family on 30 September, 2021

Praise God:

• all at iKhethelo have remained safe from COVID-19

• that the spread of COVID in the village was contained

• that we stayed safe during the civil unrest and for the provision of food afterwards

• for the donations to cover the medical bills for Jabulani* (not his real name which has been changed for privacy)

• that Andrew's health has remained stable (Andrew is David's and Janenne's son and Rachel's brother)

Please pray:

• for continued protection over the village from coronavirus

• for the approval of our visas

• for healing for Andrew

We praise God

Submitted by Ian Reid on 22 September, 2021

The following is an extract from an email received by our Pastor on Monday.

It is passed it on , with permission , to us all as a point of deep praise and encouragement to us all.

Pastor Ian,

We wanted to thank you and your church for providing the great online worship services via YouTube.

We find the content really helpful to us

We live in country NSW and we were browsing for a church service to attend and came across yours.

It has been so exciting to engage with the Alpha Course as part of the service and wanted you to know that we have taken a really big step of placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

We were both raised in "the church" but neither really understood how to become a Christian.

Both of us had drifted away from all things church in recent years and this opportunity to hear again the clear call of Jesus was just at the right time.

What an impact it had on us.

Hopefully, after restrictions lift , we can find a great church to connect with.

Please keep up the great work and our deepest gratitude to you and to your church.

Regards, S & D

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